- Age Range: 12 and up
- Grade Level: 7 and up
- Series: A Bandia Novel (Book 2)
- Paperback: 408 pages
- Publisher: Flux (September 8, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0738734713
- ISBN-13: 978-0738734712
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,433,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gold (A Bandia Novel) Paperback – September 8, 2013
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After her encounter with the deadly Sons of Killian, Brianna has fled from California to Ireland to hide. But the Sons are bringing the battle to her, so Brianna must work with her nemesis, Austin, the god of the underworld, to embrace her demigod powers and end the supernatural war. Paranormal fans who want soap opera, bad boys, and steamy sexiness are the ideal audience for this sequel to Silver (2012). Vance dives right in without much recap, but those who stick around should appreciate the ending, which is resolved enough to be satisfying while still leaving the door open for another volume. Grades 10-12. --Snow Wildsmith
About the Author
Talia Vance (Northern California) has worked as a horse trainer, a freelance writer, and an attorney. Her YA novel Spies and Prejudice is being published by Egmont in 2013.
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Gold by Talia Vance
Book Two of the Bandia series
Publication Date: September 8, 2013
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley
Summary (from Goodreads):
Descended from an Irish demigod, Brianna has fled to Ireland to escape destruction at the hands of her sworn enemies, the Sons of Killian. Taking refuge at the estate of her former nemesis, Austin Montgomery, Brianna discovers a rift in time that opens to an era before the feud began.
Wrestling with her newfound feelings for the more innocent Austin, Brianna begins to wonder if she can alter the past. But when Brianna and Austin learn that the Sons are raising an army of mythical beasts, the pair will need to use their magical strength in the present to avoid a tragic end.
What I Liked:
I won Silver from Talia and A.L. Davroe last year, and I read it almost immediately upon receiving the book. I really liked the fresh concept, the Irish mythology, and the crazy characters! Brianna is a unique heroine in Young Adult literature, for better and for worse. I liked her, and I liked Blake. There is a love triangle presented in Silver, but at the end of Silver, Talia makes it clear who Brianna chooses.
Or so I thought.
It's just like Crown of Midnight. In the first book, I was all Team Dorian. The second book? Team Chaol forever and always! Gold completely changed my mind about Austin. I love Austin so much in this book, and not just as a love interest. He really developed into a solid, trustworthy character that Brianna relies on for help and support. And other things...
Brianna is in Ireland, trying to run away from the Sons of Killian, and Blake. She's pretty sure Blake hates her, and he doesn't trust her. Add on the fact that the next time she sees him, he's bonded with a different Bandia, and that's the last straw for Brianna. Blake doesn't deserve Brianna - that much is clear. You may not think Austin does either, from Silver, but in this book, some of the things that he did are explained.
Brianna finds a rift in time, at Austin's castle/mansion. She goes back in time and finds the younger Austin, from centuries back. This is how the Austin of now knew here and pursued her - because he fell in love with her back then, when she stepped through the rift in time.
Anyway. The plot and action in this book is nonstop. The beginning is a tiny bit slow, but it's balanced by Brianna's confusion about her feelings toward Blake, and Austin. The climax of the book is a final showdown kind of climax, in which everyone comes together and meets for one final battle. In a way. Read it and you'll see what I mean!
The romance is amazing in this book! Like I said before, I was rooting for Blake before. Actually, at the very beginning of Silver, I was rooting for Austin, but by the end of Silver, I was all for Blake. Throughout Gold, not once did I waver - I was all for Austin. There are some STEAMY scenes between Austin and Brianna - I was so happy to see that turn in their relationship!
The ending... well, see the next section. I kind of love and hate the ending. It's a good ending in terms of the conflicts in the book, between the Sons and the Bandia and the demigods and whatnot. But it's a horrible ending in terms of the romance.
What I Did Not Like:
There was only one big thing that I didn't like about this book... and that was the ending. Sort of. I liked the ending, but I absolutely hated it. If, by the end of the book, you're still Team Blake (How?!How could you be?!), then you won't care. If you're a convert like me, or have always been Team Austin... then prepare to have your heart broken. I'm trying not to spoil anything, but I cannot believe Talia would do that to Austin and Brianna. I knocked off a star because of that ending.
And the fact that there are no more novels to this series (this was the last one!) makes it worse. It's permanent. Unchangeable. Unbelievable. I'M SO SAD!
Would I Recommend It:
I would recommend this book, ESPECIALLY if you didn't like the first book. If you liked the first book, you'll read this one anyway. You must. If you weren't a fan of the first book... I have a feeling you'll like this one. It's more complex and deep and crazy and swoony!
4 stars. My heart hearts, but I seriously loved this book. PLEASE write one more with a happier ending, Talia, PLEASE. I'm begging. I don't beg. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE.
When the book started out, I was completely confused as to how we got Brianna to Ireland. It takes a few pages to come out that Brie was being chased by the Sons-included a furious Blake-after she was accused of setting fire to Blake's house at his sister's birthday party. Yes, at the beginning of the book, Blake and Brie are broken up, sorry guys. Joe sends Brie to Ireland to stay at the now abandoned house of Austin Montgomery, who Brie sent to the underworld for 1000 years a few months prior. But, lo and behold, Brie can't stay out of trouble long. Austin returns, Brie finds a portal to a time when Danu is still alive and a new god rears his ugly head to try to control the world. Oh, and it looks like Blake's moving on and Brie might be starting to realize it's time for her to do the same.
I'll be honest, basically the entire reason that I docked one star from this review was because of the first half of the book. A lot of the events require a large suspension of disbelief. I had to ride out a few moments where I was shaking my head going "I DON'T THINK SO," whether that be for character actions or very convenient plot devices. I'm still not entirely sure how Austin got out of the underworld 998 years early, or why Brie started falling for him besides the obvious lust she was going through, but I rode through it, convinced that Talia would pay me back for it later.
I did NOT expect Gold to tackle the kind of problems it tackled, but I was SO HAPPY it did. Once the second half of the book gets going, it GETS GOING. Just the convoluted timeline she was juggling, with Brie going back into Austin's past and Austin trying to wait for those things to happen in Brie's present, could have caused the story to fall flat on it's face right there and then. But it DIDN'T. Instead, it worked beautifully and made me smile and also want to cry.
Brie and Blake's relationship also squeezed my heart in ways that I never would have imagined. My expectations, of course, were for cliches and loud declarations of love and blah blah blah. I never, ever, have high hopes for love triangles, so I was terrified about the whole Blake-Brie-Austin thing from the get go. But Talia instead decides to use Brie's complicated love life to explore why you love someone, how you learn to love someone, and how sometimes you have to learn to let go. The amount of growth Brie goes through because of these relationships is astronomical, and I couldn't have been more pleased.
In the end, this book was riddled with moments where I was confused or found something a little too convenient, but this is one case where I-Ms. I-Focus-Completely-On-Plot-All-The-Time-was not focused on the plot at all. What made this book for me was the emotions of the characters and everything they were going through. This isn't even limited to Blake-Brie-Austin. If you follow my Twitter, you know the FIRST thing I did after finishing was RUN to Twitter and BEG Talia to tell me there was another book. (Which there is, but it's still a thought bubble only. Whatever, I'll hold on to that.) The ending of this book made me want to cry in all the right ways.